Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Alex Sheng, Class of 2024

April 15, 2024

How did you decide to become a math major?

The only subject that I am both good at and share a passion for. Easy choice.

Do you have any special story to tell that reflects your experience as a math major? 

I think math has more uses to make our life better than many people would think. Currently I am modeling a tourism chain in China to suggest better, more environmental-friendly, and more beneficial tourism commerce. This kind of hands-on experience that transforms math into useful tools socially excites me.

What are your aspirations? 

Probably pure math. But I do not hesitate to apply math to the real world. The reason for pure math is that I think pure math tends to be a lot neater and more elegant than applied ones. It has beautiful beautiful theorems, constructions, and abstractions. But a lot of applied things that I have tried involve dry computations, evaluations of integrals, and long messy equations. My taste is to stop after giving the equation. I don't really care about the ways to solve that equation as long as, for example, that I have showed that it is solvable.

What are you excited about doing after graduation? (If you know)

Math PhD would be ideal. Alternatively if I receive great offer from finance companies I will also consider to do a PhD later in my life.